By Matt Lepri
During the week-long tour of the western Germany with the Duquesne SMBA program, I had the opportunity to try a variety of traditional German food. I attempted to document most of the delicious local cuisines of Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Heidelberg, and Cologne so that the pictures of food and drink would help me remember my great experience.
Our visit to Germany included a stop at the Deutsche Börse in Frankfurt. If you didn’t know the Deutsche Börse in Frankfurt is the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, so you can compare it to the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) that we know so well in the United States. It was interesting to hear about the indices, and have the opportunity to see the trading floor from the gallery. I was pleasantly surprised to find the trading floor rather quiet and calm!
By Rebecca Bykoski
February 28th, 2014 was the date that marked the first time my feet touched European soil! As anyone who was in attendance on the trip to Germany can attest, it was a world-class experience.
We toured over most of southern Germany, beginning in Frankfurt, then spent a day in historic Heidelberg before traveling to Darmstadt and Stuttgart, and ending our Germanic journey in Cologne. We were fortunate enough to be welcomed by many businesses and organizations such as Bayer, the European Central Bank, and Kreissparkasse to see how sustainability is incorporated into their operations and had the unique opportunity to visit Passivhaus, which illustrated how simple it can be to achieve energy efficiency not only in homes, but in businesses as well.
In addition to our business visits, we were taken on personal tours through both Frankfurt and Cologne where we marveled at castles, Roman ruins, and some of the most beautiful churches I have ever seen.
The high points of my trip: The Dom in Cologne, the most majestic structure I have ever had the opportunity to be inside, the trailblazing hike with one of my classmates halfway up a mountain to reach a lookout tower thousands of years old, and the many memories and deep bonds that were formed with my amazing friends and professors.
I thank you, Duquesne University, for this life-changing experience, and I send a personal thanks to Dr. Drake and Professor Nist who took time away from their families and lives to enrich not only our educational experience, but our lives. For them, I am eternally grateful. And, lastly, I cannot wait to return to Europe!
(Rebecca is one of many students who enjoyed their first trip to Europe thanks to the MBA Sustainability program. An experience of a lifetime).
Today we had the opportunity to meet with sustainability leaders and ambassadors at the European Central Bank. This visit allowed us to not only relate our sustainability knowledge, but also economics since we just finished up discussing central banking systems. Our cohort had the ability to exchange ideas regarding sustainable business solutions and initiatives. The bank specifically found interest in game theory to change behavior. To gather a quick understanding of the ECB and Eurosystem here is a quick video!
Guten tag! For the next week we will be enjoying the German culture, taking in the sights, discovering local cuisine, and learning from Germany’s sustainability. Today a local guide took our group on a walking tour of Frankfurt to help is get our bearings. Tonight we went to a typical German restaurant with Duquesne MBA alumni, proving the international reach of Duquesne. Many of us even had our first experience with
wurst or schnitzel!